Average block cheese prices rose slightly to $1.72 on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, up from $1.70 the previous week.
Cheese prices closed at $1.71 Monday and $1.72 Tuesday through Friday.
Wheat prices stayed above the $9 mark last week on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, averaging $9.09, the same average from the previous week.
Prices remain down from a month ago and are expected to stay lower after a recent USDA report released predicted bigger surpluses.
Wheat closed at $8.95 Monday, $9.06 Tuesday, $9.11 Wednesday, $9.17 Thursday and $9.19 on Friday.
Gasoline and diesel fuel
After about a month of declining gas prices, today's nationwide average for regular unleaded fuel is $3.45, down a penny from last week, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.
Prices remain down from $3.51 a month ago, but are up significantly from this time last year, when consumers were paying $2.81 at the pump.
Mid-range unleaded is $3.59, from $3.60 last week, while today's premium unleaded price is $3.72, from $3.73 last week.
The nationwide average for diesel fuel is up to $3.85 from $3.81 last week. The price of diesel fuel is down slightly from last month's $3.87, and up from this time last year when it cost $3.09.
Natural gas prices posted modest net gains at most market locations across the lower 48 states. The Henry Hub spot price increased from $3.54 per million Btu (MMBtu) on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to $3.58 per MMBtu on Oct. 19. Intra-week trading showed strong rallies followed by quick retreats.
Pizza company stocks
Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands Inc. closed last week at $53.74, up from $52.14 the previous week, and $49.24 two weeks ago. The company hit its 52-week high in August when shares were $56.72. Yum! traded as low as $46.40 in January.
Following a positive earnings report earlier in the week, Domino's closed last Friday at $32.25, its new 52-week high. The company was up from $28.32 the previous week and $26.63 two weeks ago. Shares remain substantially higher over this time last year when the company traded at $13.09 in October 2010.
Papa John's closed Friday up to $33.92, from $32.53 the previous week and $30.29 two weeks ago. The company hit its 52-week high in May at $34.27 and traded as low as $25.49 in October 2010.
CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, closed out last week at $30.67, from $31.00 the previous Friday. CEC hit a new 52-week low of $27.42 in September. The company hit its 52-week high of $41.75 in July.
Pizza Inn stocks ended at $4.90 Friday, up from $3.50 the previous Friday and the company's new 52-week high. This number came shortly after the company announced its expansion plans into the hot China market. PZZI traded as low as $1.83 in October 2010.
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